Development Projects

  • 1U and 2U PC

    Double Feature: Both our 1U and 2U PCs are treated to design updates

    Updated 13/06/2017

    We take pride in ongoing innovation and quick responses to customer feedback about our products.  That’s why this month we’re embarking upon a project that will see two of our popular PCs receive updated designs.

    1U PC

    In light of recent requests for a greater number of Hot Swap bays within our 1U PC, we’re pleased to announce that we can now accommodate up to 8 Hot Swap drives in this machine. The revision has next-to-no effect on the unit’s physical footprint, and likewise means it still retains a dual-width PCIe bay. What’s more, we’re pretty sure this feature is completely unique in the 1U space given the 1U PC’s 350mm depth.

    As a result we’re now packing a lot into our 1U rackmount PC:

    • 8x Hot Swap drives
    • 2x Front USB 3.0 ports
    • Dual-width PCIe slot for high power Graphics Cards
    • Tool-less quick removal lid
    • DVD/Blu-ray Optical drives

    2U PC

    Thanks to a recent update to our flexible 2U PC’s design, we are now delighted to be able to offer new configuration options around low profile and full height PCIe bays. Having restructured the back panel and reengineered the unit to hold a redundant power supply, customers will now have the option to fit more low profile expansion cards than ever before. The rack-mountable 2U machine can now fit a maximum of 7 low profile cards, or else can be configured to fit up to 4 full height cards, depending on your requirements.

    We do everything we can to ensure each one of our machines is up to whatever you have planned for it.  These updates are part of our ongoing cycle of refinement and reinvention. It’s also why our products have achieved some noteworthy industry ‘firsts’.

    If you would like to learn more about what our 1U and 2U PC updates have in store, or discover what other development projects we have lined up, please speak to the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • 2U PC redundant power supply

    Power-up! Our 2U PC gains a redundant power supply, and more

    Updated 07/06/2017

    It’s not uncommon for power supply units (PSU) to fail – an inconvenient truth, but often the reason for PC breakdown. With this in mind we’ve decided to build our 2U PC to a more modular design in order to accommodate a redundant power supply.  You’ll never need to worry about your machine going offline again, as in the event of PSU failure the secondary PSU will take over.

    To accompany this redundant power supply, the design has also been reengineered to allow more room for additional low profile expansion cards, so customers will be able to fit more into their 2U unit than ever before! Alternatively, there will still be the option to fit up to 4 full height expansion cards as needed.

    Coupled with our range of Server or Industrial motherboards, our feature-rich 2U PC is therefore perfect for all sorts of business-critical applications because of its robust design:

    • Redundant 680W power supply, 80PLUS GOLD Rated
    • Supports the latest X99 and 7th Gen Skylake motherboards
    • Supports Intel’s 18 core Xeon E5 processors
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • Up to 8x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives
    • 6x Hot-Swap Bays
    • Slimline DVD/Blu-ray drive

    We’re always looking for new ways to innovate to be able to provide our customers with the functionality they deserve. Our machines are constantly evolving to suit new requirements and the demand of emerging trends to ensure that we deliver the best experience possible. Our 2U PC redesign is just one of many updates to come over the coming months where we have actively taken our customers’ needs into consideration. That’s why we’re known for producing some real industry ‘firsts’.

    For more information on what our updated 2U PC design will entail, or else if you’d like to learn more about our upcoming development projects, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • Bantam PC

    Introducing the new Bantam Hybrid PC – it packs a powerful punch

    Updated 12/04/2017

    We’re thrilled to announce that we’re currently in the process of developing a brand new Hybrid PC, the Bantam. As the name suggests, it’s an incredibly lightweight and flexible machine, but don’t let that fool you – the Bantam also packs one heck of a performance punch. Supporting Intel’s processor family all the way through to the range-topping i7, it’s purpose-built to tackle high-demand applications where a robust small form-factor appliance is required.

    A PC that goes the distance

     The Bantam is packed from top to toe with fantastic features that make it a real contender:

    • Processor options: fanless Celeron to i7
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    • 2 SSD Bay for main OS
    • Two additional 2.5” HDD/SSD drive bays
    • Optional RS232 Port
    • 1U Rack Mount, Wall or VESA mounted
    • Up to 2 units can be mounted side by side in 1U
    • Internal AC/DC PSU

    Standing at 222mm x 44mm x 240mm, the Bantam also offers various mounting options including 1U rack, wall, or VESA mount. It’s no messy machine, either, thanks to its tidy internal AC/DC power supply unit (PSU), which considers the neatness of your comms cabinet when rack-mounted. You even have the option to fix two units side-by-side in a single 1U space for convenience and the chance to squeeze more compute into the same footprint.

    Soon stepping into the ring

    The Bantam is still in its early stages of development, but will soon be available for pre-order. If you would like to gain the low down on what the Bantam will bring to our product family, or are interested in learning more about the project, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • 1U PC short depth Front USB3

    New 1U PC now available to order!

    Updated 09/11/2016

    Back in August, we announced that our long serving, 1U PC was due for a make-over. After 8 years as one of our most popular products, it has now received a well-deserved refresh, and the newest incarnation is now available for our customers to order.

    The new-look 1U PC now boasts greater capacity, ramped up performance, and an even simpler, more user-friendly design. The changes we’ve introduced are heavily informed by customer feedback, enhancing the 1U’s capabilities, but maintaining its reputation for balancing functionality with exceptional value.

    The new 1U PC now features:

    • Dual Width Graphics Card in 1U – A wider PCIe bay accommodates dual width GFX cards, allowing us to support a variety of high performance video cards.
    • Greater HDD/SSD capacity – The 1U PC now uses 4 x Hot Swap Bays which can accommodate up to 8x 5” Hot Swap SSD/HDD, or 3x 3.5” HDDs.
    • Even greater power with 300W upgrade – More demanding applications and higher power graphics cards are more readily accommodated by the new 300W power supply.
    • Quieter operation with less fans – Less fans produce less noise, and combined with our improved dynamic speed fan controller, also offer better internal cooling performance.
    • Front USB 3.0 Ports – We’ve introduced 2x ultra-fast USB 3.0 connection ports at the front as standard at no extra cost.
    • Easy to open quick fit lid – This enables easier access to internal components, making maintenance or upgrades far simpler.

    We’re really excited about the next-generation of 1U PC.  The original product marked a very important milestone for G2 in our bid to be one of the best independent rack mount PC manufacturers in the UK and we believe the latest edition continues to set our products apart.

    If you’d like to learn more about the changes to our 1U PC, or else place an order, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • NUC M.2 Dual Gigabit Gbe Ethernet

    M.2 Dual Port Ethernet Card for Intel NUC is ready!

    Updated 28/06/2016

    Following on from our recent article discussing some of the changes afoot for the 5th and 6th Gen Intel NUC and its absence of a mini-PCIe adapter, we’re pleased to announce we have our very own M.2 Single and Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet card for 5th and 6th Gen machines.

    We’re really excited about the product as it promises all of the functionality our customers have been asking us for including:

    • Single and Dual Port options
    • Gigabit Ethernet Speed
    • Reliable Intel i210 Chipset Controller
    • Integration into our unique 1U NUC case
    • PCI express bus comms standard – not USB!

    For the first time, owners of 5th and 6th Gen machines will be able to add a second (or third) Gigabit Ethernet port to attach a NUC to multiple networks.  We believe this is potentially another world-first after we were the first company ever to rack-mount the Intel NUC in 2014. To know more, please get in touch and speak with one of the team.

    We are also able to sell the Ethernet cards as a standalone item because they are compatible with all 5/6th Gen NUCs or in fact any M.2 2280 size slot. However we do stress that the standard Intel NUC retail cases do not allow space for expansion using this module. Please contact us for a quote if you wish to use it as a standalone item.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News

  • Development Project – M.2 Ethernet Card for Intel NUC

    Updated 08/03/2016

    Anyone familiar with Intel’s 4th generation NUC will probably be aware that if you needed the product to connect to multiple networks via Ethernet then you needed a mini-PCIe adapter.  This is something G2 has provided to our NUC customers for some time, meeting a pretty commonplace requirement.

    All change for 5th & 6th generation NUC

    Unfortunately, the ability to add a second Ethernet port to the latest NUC is more problematic, causing issues for those who need to bridge connections to multiple networks. As Intel has phased out the Mini PCIe interfaces on their motherboards in favour of M.2 slots to enable increasingly smaller package footprints, there is no longer a compatible Ethernet adapter. Until now….

    At last an M.2 Ethernet adapter for the latest NUC!

    To meet this need we’re currently developing an M.2 Ethernet card for the 6th generation Intel NUC.  Here’s what it promises:

    • Two Intel i210 Ethernet ports
    • Interface with the smallest 2230 M.2 Interface
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports from one PCB – your NUC can be now configured with three Ethernet Ports instead of one
    • Utilises superior PCI express BUS interface and NOT USB adaption

    It’s an exciting development and one we believe satisfies a real market need, whilst opening up new options for where and how the latest NUC technology can be used.

    G2 has a strong track record of innovation around the Intel NUC platform.  In 2014, we were the first company in the world to rack-mount the very first generation of NUC, breaking new ground by enabling up to three NUC to coexist in the same 1U of space and meeting a genuine customer need.

    We will be taking orders on the M.2 Ethernet Card shortly, but in the meantime if you’d like to know more contact one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News

  • First ever Rack Server arriving shortly!

    Updated 02/09/2014

    Having established an enviable reputation as one the UK’s best independent manufacturers of rack mount and mini PC’s, we have taken the decision to expand our product line-up to now include servers.

    Our first 1U Server product is in development, the prototype of which, will shortly be available for us to share with interested customers. The decision to add servers to our portfolio, like many of innovations and product developments, has been spurred on by customer request.

    The 1U Server is a small, quiet, easy to manage multi-use server appliance.  Our thinking behind the product is to make an appliance equally at home as the host for performance-critical applications that demand more resilience and headroom than is achievable from a rack mount PC, whilst offering flexibility and value for money to host less demanding workloads.

    Inside the box

    The appliance is built on industrialised componentry and shaped by our user friendly design.

    Specifically, the server will come with two PCIe slots accommodating full height and full length PCIe cards, making it capable of serving applications such as 3D graphics, video encoding or networking.

    Up to 8 x 2.5″ hot swappable drive bays makes changing failed or upgrading hard-drives a breeze, without the need to power the machine down.  Likewise, a completely new chassis design that includes a quick remove lid makes access to the appliance straightforward, further gearing the server towards ease-of-use and service simplicity.

    Similarly, as more features continue to move from the motherboard to the processor we’ve also been able to develop the server with support for Micro-ATX server motherboards.  Using these boards inside the case has the potential for a simpler, cooler running and easier to manage system.

    Anyone interested in knowing more about the 1U Server or keen to see the prototype should contact us now.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News, Products

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